Neuromodulators are not all created equal! Here at Mountain West Medical in Meridian, Idaho we have been getting a lot of questions about Neuromodulators such as Botox, Jeuveau (Newtox), Dysport, and Xeomin. Neuromodulators block the release of acetylcholine in the nerve endings which signal the muscles to relax. In layman's terms it relaxes your muscles to create a smoother look AND furthermore doesn’t allow you contract those muscles which prevents more wrinkles from forming. Here is a guide on the different types of neuromodulators available and their pros & cons. We want you to feel empowered when you walk into our clinic to make the right decision for you when it comes to the prevention of fine lines and wrinkles with neuromodulators.
Botox is the most well-known in the family of neuromodulators. Here is an excerpt directly from the Botox Cosmetic website. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only treatment that is FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow's feet and forehead lines look better in adults. So you look like you, only with less noticeable facial lines. You may begin to notice results within 24 to 48 hours, with results lasting up to 4 months for moderate to severe frown lines.
Like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, Jeuveau is a neuromodulator used to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows often referred to as the “Angry 11s." (Off-label, wrinkle relaxers like Jeuveu are also used to treat other areas, like crow's feet around the eyes and smile lines.) The risks and potential side effects listed by both companies are identical. They both take full effect within several days of injection and last around 3-4 months.
The main draw for patients is that Jeuveau's parent company, Evolus, has priced the product very well; it is 20-30% less than Botox. Jeuveau is only approved for cosmetic use whereas Botox is used for both medical and cosmetic uses. If you are using Botox to treat something like migraines Jeuveau is NOT the replacement for that. Currently Jeuveau is offering $40 off every treatment which could save you even more. For more information on the manufacturer of Jeuveau, Evolus click here.
Dysport is a non-invasive muscle relaxer that is used to correct and prevent fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging. Dysport is a botulinum toxin (just like Botox and Jeuveau) that causes your facial muscles to relax. It’s injected under the skin and directed towards targeted areas. After injections are administered, the muscles under your skin will relax and smooth. Results typically last 2-4 months, after which you’ll need to go for additional dosages. Dysport is less potent then Botox and Jeuveau. Because of this, it takes approximately three times as much medicine to get the same effect as other neuromodulators. Its unit price is about three times lower than Botox, however in that it takes about three times as much you essentially will be paying the same.
Xeomin is very similar to the other neuromodulators in that it relaxes the muscles where it’s placed to smooth and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Xeomin is, in essence, a more pure form of Botox, Jeuveau, and Dysport. Xeomin is missing a few of the proteins that these other neuromodulators have. It is a good alternative for those who feel as though they may be building up a tolerance to other neuromodulators. IIt lasts about as long as Botox or Jeuveau and most people don’t notice much of a difference between Xeomin and other neuromodulators. It is, however, slightly more affordable than Botox.
It’s ultimately a matter of personal preference. When consulting with your injector you will want to go over the options that they provide in their clinic and discuss which option would be the best for your budget, target areas, and preference.
Here at Mountain West Medical in Meridian, Idaho most of our patients use either Jeuveau (Newtox) or Botox. In the past year a huge number of our patients have switched to Jeuveau (Newtox). They claim it gives them a fresher, smoother look and lasts just as long as Botox. Since Jeuveau (Newtox) is priced much lower and the rewards program the manufacturer (Evolus) has developed is providing a huge savings, they end up switching from Botox to Jeuveau (Newtox).
Want to know more about neuromodulators and what is right for you? Visit our scheduling page mountainwestmedical.com/schedule and schedule your free in person or virtual appointment where Dr. John, DNP will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have.